Not going to make it

The cold snap may be on the wane. Unfortunately, this might be too late for the purple sprouting broccoli.

With it being a tad warmer today, I got the secateurs out and pruned the final apple tree as well as giving the Orléans Reinette another trim. This meant I had the opportunity to inspect the raised bed.

I guess it was optimistic to think I might get a crop of these specimens – but who knows, they might recover. The biting cold wind yesterday will most certainly not have helped matters. It didn’t encourage us to go on a walk round Ardsley Reservoir, either.

The farmer at Red Lodge Farm had recommended the reservoir to us way back when we first started to frequent the farm for our raw milk but we always seemed to have somewhere else to go. However, I was determined to get my daughter out of the house and out of the car, so yesterday seemed like a good time to see the lay of the land.

As it turned out, we didn’t get very far. It felt about five degrees cooler by the edge of the water – my daughter’s words – so after a few photos she was straight back in the car. At least I can say that I got one or two scenic shots.

In fact, I got more than scenic shots, as the reservoir is right next to another farm, which has a shop selling fruit and vegetables. With produce such as avocados, it can hardly be entirely their own produce but I felt good about buying (not the avocados though) from them rather than a supermarket. It must have been bitter inside the tent, which served as a shop, so I felt sorry for the lady manning the till.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Not going to make it

  1. Maybe the broccoli will recover.

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    Broccoli generally gets through the winter in my area. Hopefully yours will make it.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Lavinia. The broccoli had a hard time last summer – planted too late, overwhelmed by nasturtiums – so didn’t establish properly. While under normal circumstances, it would be fine, these plants are lucky to be there at all!

  3. It has warmed up here so hopefully with you too. Glad you found a new place to walk and a new source of good food.

  4. Oh you never know it might recover. Mine won’t, despite its monstrous size, the pigeons have been tearing the plants apart in the cold weather. I’m afraid I’ve just let them do it. Good luck with yours

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